Feature: Mii Plaza Puzzle Panels We Want to See
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Yesterday we brought you an image, and the YouTube video to match it, of the McDonald's Big Mac Mii Plaza puzzle panel that's available in Japan: squeals of excitement could be heard and minds were well and truly blown. Or not, as it was just a picture of a burger, albeit with the added gloss of 3D.
Still, it's proof that Nintendo is willing to use real photos of various things in its Mii Plaza puzzle panels, so we've thought of some more that could be included. We don't have the marketing budget of McDonald's to make any of these a reality, but we like to dream.
R.O.B. doesn't enjoy much fame nowadays, apart from the occasional cameo as a reasonably decent fighter in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It's possibly because he featured in only a few NES games, and maybe also because he was painfully slow, awkward and a bit rubbish. The concept of a robot that could play video games was what dreams were made of, but the 1980s mass market reality didn't quite live up to the hype. Still, he's an iconic part of Nintendo history, so should be immortalised in the form of 3DS puzzle pieces.
The Power Glove really is so bad, yet its place in Nintendo history and pop-culture is unlikely to ever be lost; if any of you think there are too many peripherals nowadays, you probably weren't around in the NES days. If one image sums it up it's surely this one from The Wizard, with one of the film's villains riffing off a phrase made popular by Michael Jackson, and at the same time telling it like it is. The Power Glove is bad, and not in the early 90s 'bad-ass' way.
Oh Reggie, the things you'll do at E3 to show off new games. While many probably play the power cruising event in Wii Sports Resort while slouched back in a chair, Nintendo of America's fearless leader got into the spirit of it. That same presentation also featured some of the worst basketball smack-talk in the history of sport, but we'll settle for an animated and gently swaying Reggie in our puzzle panel.
Pikmin have a curious power over people, as regardless of age the very sight of them can make anyone exclaim a very honest "awwww" sound. They're too cute to ignore, and this image shows that their power is so great that the three biggest figures within Nintendo are willing to pose with them sticking over the top of their heads, even if it makes them look silly. From Nintendo's perspective this provides a nice 3D advert for the Wii U system in the background, so it's win-win.
Some competitions and promotions can be rather silly, and we believe that this Gamestop contest for a real Mario Kart counts as one of them. The idea may have sounded cool, but we suspect the winner was wondering what to do with it, and how ridiculous he looked, when he received his prize. There's also a large Mario going a bit 'street' in the background — check out the hands — so this isn't an image to show the grand-kids.
We're back where we started, with a McDonald's promotion. It seems strange that the original only shows a Big Mac on its own, which seems like a rather disappointing meal. Throw in some fries and a drink, and then we'll consider going out of our way to collect all of the puzzle pieces.
So, those are some of our ideas. What crazy images would you like to see in 3D, and with a little bit of animation to boot. Something tells us there's another Pikmin-related image that at least one of you will mention...